(ANSA) — ROME, July 31 — In 2013, Prince Charles accepted a donation of one million pounds to his charitable fund from the family, which included Osama bin Laden, the terrorist leader and founder of Al Qaeda, who was killed in a US attack in Pakistan two years earlier. The Sunday Times, which was also reported by other British media, writes that the generous donor was Bakr bin Laden, patriarch of the wealthy Saudi family, along with his brother Shafiq, both half-brothers of Osama. According to the Sunday Times, Carlo had a meeting with Bakr, now 76, at his London residence, Clarence House.
There is no allusion in the Times article to the bin Laden brothers’ relationship to terrorism or illegal or irregular action. Bakr and Shafiq are linked to the former Al Qaeda boss through their common father, Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden, a Saudi billionaire of Yemeni descent.
For its part, Clarence House denies the circumstances of the Prince of Wales’ meeting, saying the decision to accept donations to the Prince of Wales Charity Fund (PWCF) was made only by trustees. Sir Ian Cheshire, president of the foundation, clarified in a note quoted by the Guardian: “Sheikh Bakr bin Laden’s donation has been carefully considered by Pwcf’s trustees” and “due diligence has been carried out, gathering information from a variety of Sources have been obtained, including the government.” (HAND).
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